- Patrick A. Smith
Peter Matthiessen, one of the most widely traveled and prolific American authors, has consistently produced fiction and nonfiction since the 1950s. He was born in New York City on 22 May 1927 to Erard and Elizabeth Matthiessen. His father, an architect by trade, was also a trustee of the National Audubon Society; the elder Matthiessen's interest in nature was influenced by Peter and his brother, George, who had a penchant for collecting wildlife and a native predilection for outdoor activities. The connection that Peter Matthiessen felt for his surroundings would manifest itself in all of his work.
- North American Literatures